Red Rock Canyon Tour

DurationDuration 6-8 hrs
DirectionTour Directions 1
tour Tour Stops 15


Red Rock Canyon is located just 15 miles west of Downtown Las Vegas, yet you’ll feel like you’re worlds away. On your visit, you’ll be surrounded by mountains, desert, canyons and wildlife. With a magnificent Scenic Drive, you can motor from one overlook and trailhead to the next while listening to Shaka Guide stories about the history, geology, plant and wildlife all around you. So pack a picnic, fill up your gas tank, and take a road trip out to Red Rock Canyon.

• Hike at Sandstone Quarry
• Picnic at Willow Spring
• See petroglyphs at The Petroglyph Wall Trail
• Walk past the Joshua Trees on your way to a sweeping view of the canyon at Red Rock Overlook


Recommended Start Time: Before 8:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Summerlin, NV
Time to complete: Full-Day, 6-8 hours

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Important Travel Info

Safety & Etiquitte
Budgeting, Fees & Reservations
Time & Schedule
Suggested Packing List

From May through October, you could experience some really hot weather in the Mojave Desert, where today’s tour stops take place. Even if the wind is blowing, the sun can be strong and protection is important. Bring sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and perhaps long sleeves and pants that have built-in sunblock.

The desert can cause dehydration, so it’s important to have water on hand. You’ll do a lot of walking without shade at Hoover Dam, and at Lake Mead. And once we leave Hoover Dam, there won’t be anyplace to pick up supplies like extra food or water. So stock up in the town of Boulder City along the way. 

You should not hike in the months of June, July and August, but it can also get too hot during the day in the months of April, May, September and October. Only hike during those times if you are having cool enough early-morning weather.

If you’re traveling and hiking alone, make sure to tell someone where you are, what hike you’re taking, and what time you plan to get back to your car. And always stay on the trails. There are dangerous creatures in the desert and some unexpected heights and drop-offs in the mountains.

Along with picking up a portable cooler to fill with lunch items, drinks and snacks for the day, and making sure you have a full tank of gas, here is the list of what you may need to spend: 

Hoover Dam Parking: $10 (but you do have the option of free parking)

Hoover Dam Guided Tour Tickets: $15 - $30 (tours not required to explore)

Hoover Dam Exhibits: $10 (entrance fee for exhibits only)

Lake Mead National Recreation Area: $25 per vehicle (good for 7 days), or, your National Park Annual Pass is accepted

The Strat SkyPod Observation Deck: ~$30 (or less - this price varies - parking is free.)

Although you could drive straight through today’s tour route in under two hours, there are actually 14 stops planned for today, and if you want to take advantage of everything there is to do, you’ll need at least eight hours, if not more, to experience everything. Or, you decide which stops to make, and which to skip.

Car charger - Important!

Cell phone mount 

Charged, portable back-up charger - There is nothing worse than a dead cell phone when you’re in the middle of nowhere…or when you want to take photos.  

Hiking Boots

Sun Protection -  Sunglasses, a large hat for shade and to protect your face from burning and sunscreen are essentials for this tour.

Long pants - Even if it’s hot, it is recommended when hiking in the desert that you keep as much of your skin covered as possible to help protect it from the sun.

Long-sleeved shirt - Again, even if it’s hot, protect yourself from the severe sun and sudden cold gusts and changes in temperatures.

Light jacket/layers - The desert can get surprisingly and suddenly cool or cold in the early morning and evenings, and very windy, too.

Personal Locator Beacon if hiking alone.

Bug spray 

Small first-aid kit

Insulated water bottles - Have at least two on hand, especially if you want to keep your water cool. 

Snacks - Keep a protein bar or some nuts and crackers in your backpack in case you get hungry in the middle of a hike. 

Wet wipes/sanitizer

A good, positive attitude!

Tour FAQs

This tour has 16 stops. Check out the itinerary here for a complete list of stops and if you’re looking for more information to help plan your trip, here’s what you need to know before you go! 

  • Car Charger/ phone mount - very important!
  • Layered Clothing - easy on and off layers are a must for changing desert temperatures.
  • Water bottle(s) - bring multiple, there’s nowhere to fill up your bottle
  • Hiking boots/ sneakers
  • Sunscreen protection - sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, long pants
  • Snacks/ picnic lunch - there’s nowhere to get food in the park
  • Bug spray
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer/ wet wipes - there’s no running water in the park
  • $15 per car - one-day entry to Red Rock Canyon
  • $50 per car - full tank of gas 
  • $10-15 per person - picnic lunch, snacks, water and souvenirs 

The Scenic Drive and trails close at sunset. The Visitor Center closes at 4:30 pm

Red Rock Canyon requires a reservation to get in between October 1st and May 31st, for entry between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For a timed entry reservation click here

Since the Scenic Drive portion of the tour is a one-way loop, you cannot backtrack if you pass a stop along the route. So if you skip a stop, or want to revisit a stop later in the day,  you'd have to make another reservation (if one is still available) in order to go back around the Scenic Drive to reach it.

If you are entering Red Rock Canyon between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., you do not need a reservation. Nor do you need a reservation between June 1st and September 30th.

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from.  If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience. 

No. This tour can only be done in one direction.

Do you have other questions that we didn’t list here? 

Feel free to message us through the in-app chat box, Facebook Messenger, our emailor give us a call at 1-888-250-2261. We will be glad to help and answer your questions as soon as possible!


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We used Shaka back in 2017 on our trip to Oahu and the big island, so when we were going to Maui, I knew I had to buy the bundle. This is truly the way to go if you want to drive yourself. Great insights and stories and you stop when and where you want. Highly recommend !!! We literally toured the entire island from the west side of Maui to the road to Hana loop in 2 fun filled days. I will be back when we plan our trip to Kauai

Wish I had this for every travel location!

Absolutely amazing concept and execution! My husband and I rented a convertible for a day and used the Shaka Guide to do a clockwise tour from Waikiki to North Shore and back. I loved that the tour knew our location and gave turn by turn directions while also giving stories/info and providing relaxing local music. It really made the entire experience enjoyable for everyone and took away all the stress. Absolutely recommended for anyone visiting any location they have a tour for!

Great as you’re driving around, but…

This was a great app to have for our Hawaiian vacation! We certainly learned a lot and got to explore places we would have otherwise missed out on. However… 1. The tours are a little repetitive. We heard the same stories about King Kahmehameha and about the Hawaiian princess that loved education multiple times. It would be better if there were different stories on each tour so that if you did multiple tours, you got different experiences each time. 2. Driving tours were way better than walking tours, especially for families. It was hard to hear and share the walking tour with my family, and the GPS wasn’t as reliable walking around. Definitely worth the purchase, but it would be nice if a little more thought was put into these things.

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